Opioid addiction is a pandemic that has devastated communities throughout the United States. Prescription opioids can be used to treat moderate or severe pain after an accident or surgery. Such drugs are safe if they are taken over a short period of time and the dosage is properly monitored and controlled by a physician. However, they can become dangerously addictive if used recreationally or by persons not authorized to take them.
Pregnant women who take opioids risk the health and well-being of their babies. Recent studies indicate that the number of new-born babies addicted to these drugs tripled between 1999 and 2013. Premature births, low birth weights, and opioid withdrawal syndrome are a few of the many things that can result from an addiction. Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is especially harmful as it leads to long-term effects such as developmental delays, behavioral problems, underdeveloped organs, breathing problems, and a host of other health difficulties that threaten the survival of a new-born.
Numerous lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of opioids alleging that they failed to properly warn the public of the highly addictive nature of opioids. These companies downplayed the inherent hazards of oxycodone, hydrocodone, tramadol, and others. If your law firm has significant expertise and experience in successfully pursuing such lawsuits, then you should look for ways to contribute to the ongoing class-action lawsuits or adding clients to one of the suits.